Simultaneous Habitat builds in Claypool change lives for two families

New Claypool neighbors, Courtney Dickson (Center) and Tracy Campbell, hold hands during a dedication ceremony while Dickson's daughter looks on. News Now Warsaw photo by Dan Spalding.
By Dan Spalding
News Now Warsaw

WARSAW — Habitat for Humanity of Kosciusko County reached a milestone Thursday with the dedication of two new homes in Claypool.

The homes are side-by-side on South Graceland Avenue. The floor designs are mirror images and the two homes share a common driveway.

Courtney Dickson’s daughter left an impression recently on the new front porch. News Now Warsaw photo by Dan Spalding.

Ben Logan, who has now overseen four house completions in three years, said the “dual build” was the first for the organization.

“It was quite a lift, moving from one home to two, but we need to build more homes, people need more homes and we’re happy to take up the challenge,” Logan said.

The new homeowners both have one child and both have been working for years to secure better housing arrangements.

Tracy Campbell said she had lived much of her adult life in mobile homes and that the current home she and her son, Kane, lives in has had trouble with mold.

She was overcome with emotion during Thursday’s dedication ceremony.

“It’s been an awesome experience. Got a lot of support. A lot. Whenever you feel down and stuff, they’d always be there to lift us up,” Campbell said.

Courtney Dickson said she and her daughter have been living in her mother’s house in Bourbon that included numerous adults working different hours.

“Such a relief — I can’t wait to move in,” Dickson said. “Definitely going to get more sleep — that’s for sure.”

Logan said 2023 was a record volunteer year for Habitat with 283 volunteers donating over 4,800 hours.

Logan said Habitat is looking to construct a house in Mentone beginning this spring and another in Warsaw later this year if all goes well.